Alexander C. Nnabue knows that caring for eyes is really about caring for people. After earning doctor of optometry degrees from both Imo State University in Nigeria and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. Nnabue found his own company to help restore patients' ocular health. What began in 1994 as a single storefront has blossomed into six Visual Eyes locations throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Today, the caring doctor leads biannual medical mission trips to Africa, including one trip that, according to a 2006 Nigeria World article, put thousands of eyeglasses and medications in the hands of those in need.
At Visual Eyes, he and his fellow optometrists use advanced technology to diagnose and treat various conditions. A trained technician manufactures lenses at an in-house lab, and Dr. Nnabue specializes in orthokeratology, a vision-correcting process that eliminates the need to wear glasses, contacts, or a sign that says, "Sorry for walking into you; I forgot my contacts or glasses." The team also prides itself on showcasing the latest designer frames, including Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, and Guess.
The masterminds behind Authentic Bartending School of Maryland dedicate their resources to creating a new generation of mixologists by offering comprehensive training programs and job-placement services. Emphasizing background knowledge and practical skills, the instructors who lead he hands-on courses aim to teach attendees a slew of drink-slinging techniques, including how to mix basic cocktails, craft fruit garnishes, and make a cash register spell "hello" when turned upside down. During the nationally recognized TIPS training, they'll show students how to responsibly serve patrons and defuse risky situations with intoxicated customers. The folks in job-placement services then help graduates seek out potential openings by networking with alumni and bribing senators to keep prohibition off the books.
No matter where they are in the country, clients of Dental Professionals of Virginia and Maryland and Neibauer Dental Care are bound to find a dentist just as skilled as the one at home. That?s because more than 400 offices in 19 states are affiliated with the dental network, whose administrative support, guiding principles, and focus on continuing education ensure that their dentists will be talented wherever they work. The company also strives for community improvement?they?ve contributed more than $250,000 to such charities as the American Red Cross, The Oral Cancer Foundation, and the Smiles for Life campaign.
Although each one of the ten different instructors at Bikram Yoga Riverdale Park has a unique background, they're all united in their belief that Bikram yoga offers the most versatile, wellness-driven exercise out there. During the 90-minute class, temperatures soar to 105 degrees and 50 percent humidity. This keeps muscles limber, releases toxins, and encourages empathy for rainforest animals. As heart rates increase, students move through 26 challenging poses and two breathing exercises. In addition to classes, the studio works to ensure that students arrive with stress-free minds; their childcare program keeps kids entertained while parents find their center, and their juice bar refreshes thirsty yogis with healthy post-class drinks.
Dr. Andre is a podiatrist who makes house calls, making it easy for patients who are homebound or receiving care in an assisted living facility to take care of their feet. Whether seeing patients at home or in her office, she treats a wide array of issues specific to the skin, bones, and nails of the feet, including fungal infections, fasciitis, arthritis, and xerosis. Additionally, she can also address foot problems caused by diabetes or injuries sustained during an aggressive hopscotch-off.
New York native Kenneatha Grimes has had—and overcome—her own struggles with weight, so she knows what it takes to get in shape and live a healthier life. Through BSB Fitness, this AFAA-certified group fitness instructor and wellness coach offers classes such as the Latin-flavored Zumba and high-energy Hip-Hop Hustle that are designed to get participants up and moving. Turbo kick, PiYoStrength, and boot camp further fuel the caloric burn. She also offers nutritional tips combined with plenty of encouragement.